What To Look For When You Buy Marijuana

Marijuana is currently legal as medicine in 23 states as well as for recreation in 4, and a greater number of people than ever before are looking to purchase it regularly, despite it’s current federal classification as a schedule 1 controlled substance.

Regardless of how you feel about marijuana , the FDA does not presently regulate the quality of the plant as it does with other food and drug products, which means that you need to perform your own due diligence before you buy it, especially if you live in a state that has not yet legalized.

Taking a few minutes to research information such as the dispensary, strain of bud, or quality will help you narrow down your choices and guarantee that the quality of the marijuana is what you expect.

Check Online Reviews Before You Buy Marijuana


With marijuana review sites such as Weedmaps and Leafly readily available from your smart phone as well as a plethora of other online resources to choose from, it’s hard to have any sympathy for people who get suckered into buying low quality buds from novice dealers or sub par dispensaries.

Sites like Leafly for example will give you a plethora of knowledge regarding specific strains of marijuana such as it’s genetics, how it grows, it’s effects for both medical/recreation, and it’s possible side effects.

Inspect Your Marijuana Properly Beforehand

For those of us not privileged enough to live in a state that has already legalized weed, which is most of us, you’re going to want to properly inspect your buds prior to buying and consuming them.


The marijuana that you buy should be dar green for the most part unless it’s a specialized strain which may have hints of certain colors usually specified in the name, such as Purple Kush for example. Moisture wise, you don’t want the cannabis that you consume to be too dry or too wet, as these are sure signs that the weed is old or prematurely harvested.

If the marijuana is brown, exceptionally leafy, or has a lot of seeds and stems with absolutely no moisture, it’s probably going to be low quality chronic and not the top shelf weed you get at a typical dispensary. Avoid weed like this at all costs!

Continue To Inspect It For Good Qualities

You can also check the smell of the marijuana. If it smells strong and pungent then it is more than likely some fresh dank. Sometimes dispensaries or next door neighbors will let you smell test the buds before you buy them

Crystals and hairs found in your selected cannabis are signs of high potency. The more the merrier!  Sticky buds also known as the “sticky-icky” is another good sign of potency and suggest that your buds is healthy and high in THC content.

Sativa Vs Indica Vs Hybrids

Besides knowing how to spot your choicest buds, knowing the kind of side effects your cannabis will give you is another good step in making sure that you find the the best marijuana to buy. Sativa’s are typically best smoked in the day and can  provide you with increased focus, energizing thoughts, as well as a stimulating head high. Not bad for ingesting prior to a hike or yoga workout as well if I may add.

smelling-marijuanaIndica’s on the other hand, are typically best smoked at night and  can give the user more of a “body high”, relaxing muscles and assisting you in getting that beauty sleep you know you deserve.

A mix between sativas and indicas, hybrids can be either sativa or indica dominant and are usually the best bet for those seeking a middle ground between a body high and a head high. Here is a great infographic detailing the exact differences between sativas, indicas, and hybrids in case you’re still confused.

Smoke it as the final test


Finally, in most cases, the best way to test marijuana is by smoking it or vaping it if you’re the healthy type, and have access to a high quality vaporizer. The effects that you get from it will be very telling about its quality, and whether or not you’ll be back for more. Always remember, there’s no excuse for smoking low quality “snaggleberry” buds when you know what to look for when you buy marijuana.

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